Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
: another piece of the expansion of civil rights, the subtle interaction between the supreme court and the popular opinion, the supreme court does respond to popular opinion and therefore, the four publicly embraced referenda that said we are willing -- we and our states want same-sex marriage. that affects the supreme court. >> yes. that's why -- it is an excellent point. that's why these marriage referendums that we just saw in the last election, which for the first time, gay rights advocates won -- all four marriage equality referendums the timing of that was very important because it came just before the supreme court reviewed this. obviously the court is going to look to public opinion to see whether or not the country is ready for same-sex marriage. >> eliot: it is not as though the justice of the court take polls and say 50% is for -- therefore my view of constitutional rights changes. even conservative jurists understand one's sensibility of rights changes as -- there is an evolution. >> over time, it is what
Nov 29, 2012 8:00pm PST
of constitutional import like civil rights which we all think of the segregationists leaving the floor book on the floor of the senate to hold the bills up. they were pretty big bills but now every single nomination, whether it's for a judgeship or for the assistant secretary of commerce is filibustered in effect and held up and on average now, it takes 188 days for a judge to be confirmed. you have a judicial emergency all over the country with not enough judges. i'll say i actually think there is an argument to be made that you want more consensus on judicial nominations perhaps than not because they're for lifetime but these everyday appointments, budget bills routine bills this isn't about deliberation, the world's greatest deliberative body. it is about someone finding a tool and using it to gum things up and it is time to change the tool. >> eliot: fascinating counter point about the judicial nomination. i hadn't thought about it that way. congressman, i want to come back to you for the last question, unfortunately.
Dec 5, 2012 2:00am PST
, but the city. right now the civil suit is almost 10 years old. they've barely gotten to depositions. they've now, the city has now subpoenaed all of our outtakes and notes from this in a cynical attempt to delay, somebody has got to wake up. the mayor has got to look up from his management and say remind me again why we're protecting the reputations of cops and prosecutors who screwed up. point, then we have an opportunity to solve this. this doesn't just help the five, it helps everyone. >> i want you to talk about dust bowl your most recent documentary about the most egregious human created ecological disaster. >> it comes down to a photograph or john steinbecks, but the greatest ecological disaster in american history an pack limbs of hundreds and hundredses of storms that killed crops turned over grass land that never should have been turned over, but their cattle and their children to from dust pneumonia. roosevelt swiped his desk in the oval office and came up with oklahoma. we moved more dirt than excavating the panama canal. >> if we don't tend to it, disasters will occur. >> we'r